Stress is simply part of being human. We all know what stress feels like -- but do we really get what it’s doing to our body, or what to do about it?
Chances are, most of us are in denial, internalizing the cultural mantra to “just deal with it” and “push through”. While this does a lot to help our to-do list, it also does a lot to hurt our health: statistics show that up to 90% of all doctor visits and 50% of all illnesses are stress-related.
In regard to health concerns amidst a pandemic, reducing stress and managing our perception of stress are powerful factors in immune resilience and influence how our body handles a viral threat. This is because the hormones released during stress increase inflammation and suppress the immune system, leaving us more vulnerable to pathogens.
The fact is, reducing stress is one of the most critical things we can do to support the body’s natural ability to heal, strengthen immune function, and increase health and life span.
If chronic stress goes unresolved, it will break the body down, create symptoms, and can lead to the development of numerous diseases and conditions – all of which are preventable.